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The White Goddess - Wiccan and Pagan Events Calendar

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01/04 - Veneralia, in honour of Venus

Veneralia, in honour of Venus

Veneralia, in honour of Venus

April 1st

The Veneralia (April 1) was the Ancient Roman festival of Venus Verticordia ("Venus the changer of hearts"), an aspect of the Roman goddess Venus. The worship of the goddess Fortuna Virilis ("Bold fortune") was also part of this festival.

04/04 - 10/04 - Ludi Megalenses, in honor of Cybele

Ludi Megalenses, in honor of Cybele

Ludi Megalenses/Megalesia, in honor of Cybele

April 4th to 10th

The Megalesia, Megalensia, or Megalenses Ludi, was a festival (with games, ludi) celebrated in Ancient Rome in the month of April in honor of the great mother of the gods, Cybele.

12/04 - 19/04 - Ludi Cereales, games in honour of Cerealia

Ludi Cereales, games in honour of Cerealia

Ludi Cereales, games in honour of Cerealia

April 12th to 19th

In ancient Roman religion, the Cerealia was the major festival celebrated for the grain goddess Ceres. It was held for seven days from mid- to late April.

15/04 - Fordicidia, in honour of Tellus

Fordicidia, in honour of Tellus

Fordicidia, in honour of Tellus

April 15th

In ancient Roman religion, the Fordicidia was a festival of fertility, that pertained to animal husbandry. It involved the sacrifice of a pregnant cow to Tellus, or Mother Earth, in proximity to the festival of Ceres (Cerealia) on April 19.

21/04 - Parilia, in honour of Pales

Parilia, in honour of Pales

Parilia, in honour of Pales

April 21st

In ancient Roman religion, the Parilia is an agricultural festival performed annually on April 21, aimed at cleansing both sheep and shepherd. It is carried out in acknowledgment to the Roman deity Pales, a deity of uncertain gender who was a patron of shepherds and sheep.

23/04 - Vinalia urbana, in honour of Venus

Vinalia urbana, in honour of Venus

Vinalia urbana, in honour of Venus and the previous year's wine harvest

April 23rd

It was predominantly a wine festival, shared by Venus as patron of "profane" wine (vinum spurcum) intended for everyday human use, and Jupiter as patron of the strongest, purest, sacrificial grade wine (temetum).

25/04 - Robigalia, in honour of Robigus

Robigalia, in honour of Robigus

Robigalia, in honour of Robigus, with foot races

April 25th

In ancient Roman religion, the Robigalia was a festival held April 25. Its main ritual was a dog sacrifice to protect grain fields from disease. Games (ludi) in the form of "major and minor" races were held.

28/04 - 01/05 - Ludi Florales (Floralia), games in honour of Flora

Ludi Florales (Floralia), games in honour of Flora

Ludi Florales (Floralia), games in honour of Flora

April 2th to May 1st

The Floralia, also known as the "Florifertum," was an ancient Roman festival dedicated to Flora, the goddess of flowers and vegetation. It symbolized the renewal of the cycle of life, marked with dancing, drinking, and flowers. Offerings were made of milk and honey to Flora.

30/04 - 01/05 - Beltane

Beltane

Beltane: (Bealtaine, May Eve, Valpurgis) - April 30th/May 1st

Incense: Lilac, Frankincense
Decorations: Maypole, Flowers, Ribbons
Colours: Green

The Fire Festival of Beltane

This festival is also known as Beltane, the Celtic May Day. It officially begins at moonrise on May Day Eve, and marks the beginning of the third quarter or second half of the ancient Celtic year. It is celebrated as an early pastoral festival accompanying the first turning of the herds out to wild pasture. The rituals were held to promote fertility. The cattle were driven between the Belfires to protect them from ills. Contact with the fire was interpreted as symbolic contact with the sun. In early Celtic times, the druids kindled the Beltane fires with specific incantations. Later the Christian church took over the Beltane observances, a service was held in the church, followed by a procession to the fields or hills, where the priest kindled the fire. The rowan branch is hung over the house fire on May Day to preserve the fire itself from bewitchment (the house fire being symbolic of the luck of the house).

Website: Beltane

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